I am of the mind that parenting, when done correctly, involves delicately hopping over the line between imaginative play and outright deception. But man, does this time of year challenge even me. I'm not saying parents shouldn't indulge in the Yuletide traditions, old and new. But at this point, I'm not sure about how to handle the Santa thing once the hard questions come.
The holiday party is a tradition of the season. Thanks to germs, however, some of those memories may be less than pleasant. Infections are best spread in a crowd and the presence of a single person can lead to spread to some or all of the people in attendance. There are however, a few ways to minimize the chances for acquiring an infection and most are fairly easy to follow.
I spent a month meeting people who were happier than any people I've ever seen, and they have nothing, from a western point of view. They had no shoes but I found them far richer than I.
It feels good to bake for those you love. And it feels even better to give the gift of goodness, and watch as every morsel is savoured with sweet satisfaction. So this year I challenged myself to create one new vegan seasonal recipe. And I went after the big one; I went after gingerbread.
Here are 10 tips for using a smoker to cook your holiday turkey from Ontario Gas BBQ. I'm not sure I could obey No. 4: If you're "lookin'" you're not "cookin'." I can resist anything except temptation.
I've always been indecisive. The problem is, it's a paradox. I don't trust my own judgment, so by definition, any decision I make is the wrong one, simply because I'm the one who made it. It's a little like having disdain for a club that would have you as a member.
What exactly are you incredulous about? People being themselves. Exactly as they've always been, year after year. Why is it so hard to live with the way people are? Because we can't accept it. Because we want them to be different. Surprise! They are still the same. Surprise again! So are we.
Where do you turn to find that perfect gift for your kids? We tend to look everywhere but the most obvious place: our kids. And I don't mean the list for Santa they've been compiling and revising since last Christmas. What our kids really want they will never write down on a list. make sure you maximize the time for you and your kids. That's the perfect gift this holiday season.
I sat down to write my Bucket List, that list with all of the dreams and goals you're supposed to accomplish before you die. Only, let's face it, a) I didn't have that much time left, and b) anything that includes the word "die" in it isn't all that inspiring. So that's why I created the F**ket List.
In a season when many of us are focused on gift buying or a tax deduction, December is a good time to think about another kind of giving: donating.
While we strategize ways to prevent the births of unwanted pets through targeted spay/neuter programs, this is a time during which many homes consider adding a four-legged family member to the household.
Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.
A great way -- perhaps the best way -- to cut calories is to trim your portion sizes, especially of foods that are high in calories. That would include many treats you would find at holiday parties and events.
Here you are in the hustle and bustle of the gift-giving season. Wonder, magic, surprise and even shock may arise from any exchanging encounters with loved ones, clients or colleagues. To help you keep the gratitude spirit alive, here are solutions to the season's stickiest situations.
There's a local campaign in the Greater Toronto Area sponsored by the good folks at the Salvation Army called Toy Mountain. People bring in gifts of new toys that will, we are told, be distributed to children in need. The underlying theme is that there can be nothing worse than for a kid to wake up on Christmas morning without a toy under the tree.
This year, one of the best gifts you can give yourself for Christmas is an increasing awareness of identity theft. And it's so easy to happen in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season.